noun Date: circa 1888 the state or condition of becoming green; especially such a condition due to the development of chloroplasts in plant organs (as petals) normally white or colored

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  • virescence — [ viresɑ̃s ] n. f. • v. 1900; du lat. virescere « devenir vert » ♦ Bot. Verdissement d un organe végétal ordinairement d autre couleur. La virescence des pétales d une rose. ● virescence nom féminin (latin virescere, devenir vert) Verdissement… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Virescence — Vi*res cence, (Bot.) The act or state of becoming green through the formation of chlorophyll. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • virescence — [vī res′əns, vires′əns] n. [< VIRESCENT] 1. the condition of becoming green 2. Bot. the turning green of petals or other parts that are not normally so, due to the abnormal presence of chlorophyll …   English World dictionary

  • virescence — /vuy res euhns, vi /, n. Bot. state of becoming somewhat, though usually not totally, green, due to the abnormal presence of chlorophyll. [1885 90; VIRESC(ENT) + ENCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • virescence — noun The abnormal development of green pigmentation in plants normally not green, like flowers and shoots. Symptom may be characteristic of phytoplasma infection in plants …   Wiktionary

  • virescence — (vi rè ssan s ) s. f. Terme de botanique. Métamorphose des organes appendiculaires en organes foliacés. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. virescere, devenir vert …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • virescence — vi·res·cence …   English syllables

  • virescence — vi•res•cence [[t]vaɪˈrɛs əns, vɪ [/t]] n. Bot. bot the state of becoming somewhat green due to the abnormal presence of chlorophyll • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • virescence — /vəˈrɛsəns/ (say vuh resuhns) noun the state of becoming green, though usually not entirely so, due to the abnormal presence of chlorophyll …   Australian English dictionary

  • virescence — n. 1 greenness. 2 Bot. abnormal greenness in petals etc. normally of some bright colour. Derivatives: virescent adj. Etymology: L virescere, incept. of virere be green …   Useful english dictionary

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